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Rebuilding finances for mission

Ralph Collins and Peter Cranna at the 32nd Synod. Photo by Uniting Communications.

Finance, Investment and Property (FIP) Board chairperson Ralph Collins and Finance and Property Services (FAPS) director Peter Cranna addressed the 32nd Synod saying the Synod office’s finances are in a stable condition. The Synod Reserve Fund (SRF) is a reserve to cover unexpected costs or meet ongoing expenses if all other income ceased. This fund is being rebuilt, with a ...

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Living the covenant: room to grow in Indigenous connections

Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress chair Rev Dennis Corowa at the 32nd Synod. Photo by Uniting Communications.

Several Aboriginal and Islander Uniting Church members told 32nd Synod members of the challenges and opportunities for the church in their communities. Rev Dennis Corowa, chairperson of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress and the Calvary Presbytery in Queensland, said the Uniting Church has a long history in supporting and encouraging Indigenous people. He made particular reference to the ...

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Trinity College Queensland offers fresh vision

Dr Leigh Trevaskis, recently appointed director of education for ministry and principal of Trinity College Queensland, addresses the 32nd Synod. Photo by Uniting Communications.

Rev Peter Lockhart, Board for Christian Formation chairperson, and Dr Leigh Trevaskis, recently appointed director of education for ministry and principal of Trinity College Queensland (TCQ), addressed members on the status of the board and TCQ. “The world of tertiary education is a changing environment constantly, and the way education is delivered, particularly in the online space, has been growing ...

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Synod agrees to improved reporting changes

Kingaroy Uniting Church minister Rev Dr David Ferguson at the 32nd Synod. Photo by Ashley Thompson.

This afternoon Rev Dr David Ferguson and the Mary Burnett Presbytery put forward a proposal (general proposal six) to the 32nd Synod related to better communication of Synod Standing Committee decisions. After some discussion, Dr Marilyn Healy of Bremer Brisbane Presbytery suggested the proposal be broken into two parts—the first half of which she had no issues with and the ...

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Wesley Mission Brisbane positions for growth

Wesley Mission Brisbane superintendent minister Lyn Burden and executive director Geoff Batkin report to the 32nd Synod. Photo by Holly Jewell.

Earlier today Wesley Mission Brisbane executive director Geoff Batkin and superintendent minister Lyn Burden reported to 32nd Synod members on the organisation’s current state-of-health. Geoff and Lyn opened their presentation with the origins of Wesley Mission Brisbane which began in Albert Street Uniting Church in the mid-19th century, rooted in the mandate of Matthew 25:35. Today Wesley Mission Brisbane offers ...

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Seven (fun) insights into your next general secretary!

Rev Heather den Houting at the 32nd Synod. Photo by Holly Jewell.

Yesterday 32nd Synod members called Rev Heather den Houting to be the next Queensland Synod general secretary, starting 1 June 2016. Ashley Thompson catches up with Heather to uncover the personality behind the profession. Ashley: What is your passion? Heather: My passion is people, especially people in Christ. I am always deeply delighted by the capacity and resilience of those who ...

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UnitingCare Queensland still facing huge change

UnitingCare Queensland board member Craig Barke and CEO Anne Cross at the 32nd Synod. Photo by Holly Jewell.

The significant industry turbulence brought by increasing for-profit competitors, disruptive technology, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and changes to government funding models continues to force reflection for UnitingCare Queensland on where their future lies. For an organisation driven by God’s love and altruism, yet existing in an environment of market competitiveness and immense financial responsibilities, UnitingCare Queensland’s reconciliation between ...

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Synod celebrates ministries

The 32nd Synod celebrates ministers ordained since the last Synod in 2014. Photo by Holly Jewell.

Day three of the 32nd Synod closed with a celebration of ministries as Rev David Baker started proceedings with a call to worship; Psalm 100. Minutes of appreciation were received to retiring ministers: Rev Subramaniam Manopavan, Rev Hohaia Matthews, Rev May Morris, Rev Jan Rossow, Rev Costa Stathakis, Rev Dr Paul Walton, Rev Ian Wilson, Rev Peter Aay, Rev Lloyd ...

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Assembly report celebrates depth and breadth

Assembly general secretary Colleen Geyer delivers her report to the 32nd Synod. Photo by Holly Jewell.

Uniting Church National Assembly general secretary Colleen Geyer reported to 32nd Synod members about the vast and exciting work of the Assembly. Colleen noted the centrality of the Assembly’s covenant with first peoples saying, “We are guests on occupied land”. She reminded Synod members that last year’s 14th Assembly in Perth “committed to a conversation regarding sovereignty; what that means ...

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Ten (light) catch up questions with your moderator!

Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker. Photo: Ben Rogers

32nd Synod members have today elected Rev David Baker for a second term as Queensland Synod moderator. Ashley Thompson catches up with David to reflect back on the first 18 months of his first term. Ashley: Why did you put your hand up to be moderator again? David: I was nominated by Bremer Brisbane Presbytery because they thought I still had ...

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